CHARLESTON, SC - The Citadel baseball team fell to USC Upstate on Tuesday 7-1 inside Joe Riley Park.
The Citadel jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first frame behind Drew Ellis' RBI double but the Bulldogs, who connected for five hits in the game, were unable to push across any more runs. With the RBI tonight, Ellis now has 14 this season. Mike Deese was two-for-four in the contest. Austin Mapes and Jacob Watcher accounted for the other Bulldog hits.
Starter Philip Watcher pitched 5 strong innings and accounted for all but one of the Bulldogs' pitching staff's five strikeouts. The Citadel used five pitchers in the contest and Ryan Stamler was handed his first loss of the season. Kyle Smith, who pitched a scoreless frame in the eighth and made his fifth appearance this season, kept the Spartans (8-5) from tacking on even more runs with a strikeout to end the USC Upstate scoring threat.
Today's games marks the second time this season that The Citadel and its opponent have played errorless ball with the first game coming on opening day against Virginia Tech.